Longevity and Success: How and When Do You Choose to Show Up?

I have a new nonfiction book in the 2022 Write Stuff Storybundle this week (the bundle is only until March 10 or so). While you might not have heard of some of the writers, I’m sure you’ve heard of Lawrence Block. He’s a multi-award-winning mystery writer. His contribution to this bundle is a memoir. The …

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How Do We Manage Risks Without Theater (the Illusion of Management)?

In our daily lives, we manage all kinds of risks. We fill up our cars with gas so we get to where we’re going. In addition, I’ve learned to check the maps before I leave. That’s because the map in my head has pruned several non-local roads because I barely drove anywhere during the pandemic. …

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How Many Generations Overlap With You That You Can Appreciate?

Many of us see early spring as a time of renewal and rebirth. And for those of us in the northern hemisphere, early spring also has religious celebrations. Passover starts tonight and Easter starts this weekend. For me, that’s family time. And, we are fortunate to have three generations at our table this year. (We’re …

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How Can You Go Meta to Solve a Problem When You’re Stuck?

A client, Dave, explained his concerns and said, “I have no idea where to go from here.” He explained that he’d already gone through his reasonable problem-solving steps. He’d researched, asked the team to experiment, and asked his peers for help. Nothing was working. I asked, “Do you know about going “meta” on the problem?” …

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What Kind of a Culture Do You Want to Create and Reinforce?

Some people used to think that culture at work was the snacks or the foosball tables. That’s only a tiny part of a culture. We’ve seen over the pandemic that real culture is what we can discuss, how we treat each other, and what we reward. (That’s my interpretation of Edgar Schein’s work.)  That means …

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​Three Ways to Show Others the Value of Your Adaptability and Resilience​

Despite all the uncertainty we see these days, some people still value predictions and certainty over adaptability and resilience. Then, when their predictions and certainty don’t work, these folks suddenly value adaptability. When we show others the value of our flexibility, we don’t surprise ourselves with fake certainty. We can, especially if we show others …

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How Can We Honor Other People’s Values and Move to Falsifiable Claims?

I learned something new this week, about falsifiable and non-falsifiable claims. When we use hypotheses to examine the world around us, we look for observations that can disprove that hypothesis. In other words, we want to see if we can make the experiment fail in some way, to understand more. As an example: Hypothesis: All …

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